Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
MSNBC: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will weigh the government’s power to regulate profanity and nudity on broadcast television in a challenge to a long-standing policy that goes back to comedian George Carlin’s “Seven Filthy Words” monologue.
2011: The year the LGBT agenda was officially adopted as US Foreign Policy by the US Department of State
Turtle Bay and Beyond – International Law, Policy, and Institutions: Currently, USAID is now in the process of creating briefs such as the “Human Rights Considerations in Addressing HIV among Men who Have Sex with Men” and funding related programs in accordance with the Presidential directive.
Turtle Bay and Beyond – International Law, Policy, and Institutions: It was predictable that Spain’s parliamentary elections last November would end in victory for Spain’s conservative People’s Party after the abject failure of the Spanish Socialist Party in combating rising unemployment and languid economic growth during the economic crisis.
Michael J. New at The Corner – National Review Online: However, subsequent Supreme Court decisions — most notably the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision — have given state-level pro-life laws greater constitutional protection. There is a good chance that future Supreme Court decisions will continue this trend, so the state-level gains that pro-lifers enjoyed in 2011 bode well for the future of the movement.
Washington Blade – “America’s Leading Gay News Source”: Delano Hunter, a Ward 5 civic activist who unsuccessfully challenged Thomas in the September 2010 Democratic primary, told the Washington City paper this week that he plans to run for the seat in a special election expected to take place in May.
James Taranto: “Mourning in America: Pro-abortion extremism lies behind the ‘weird’ attack on Rick Santorum” | WSJ.com
James Taranto at WSJ.com: Like Sarah Palin before him, Rick Santorum has become a target for what one might call the politics of personal intrusion. Some of his left-liberal detractors, self-proclaimed champions of individual autonomy, are denouncing him for inappropriately intimate reasons.
The Hill: The arguments in Friday’s brief are largely similar to the approach the Justice Department has taken in lower courts. The brief says the mandate is an acceptable use of Congress’s taxing power and also defends the policy under the Constitution’s commerce clause.
“Oregon Gay Activist Opposes Boy Scout Tree Program” | Fox News: A Portland gay rights activist is urging his neighbors to boycott the Boy Scout Christmas tree recycling program.
LGBTQ Nation: Organized in part by Republican strategist Kristin Strohm of the Starboard Group, Coloradans For Freedom, hope to make one thing clear: civil unions should become law and conservative values are 100 percent in line with this legislation
Speak Up Movement Church Blog: New York City pastors are leading a growing movement opposing the New York City Department of Education’s policy banning worship services conducted by religious groups.
Greeley Gazette: While the exemptions state that no one is required to certify the partnership, the question is; does that apply to an equal access use of the church, synagogue or mosque’s facilities? Some homosexual activist groups are saying that when the church opens up its facilities it is engaging in commerce and becomes subject to anti-discrimination laws.
Peter Oborne at the Telegraph: The figures seem to bear this out. Church attendance — which stood at around 50 per cent in the middle of the 19th century – had declined to around 12 per cent in 1979, or 5.4 million. By 1998 it had almost halved to 7.5 per cent and when the most recent census was conducted in 2005, it was discovered that only 6.3 per cent of the population, some 3.2 million, were regular churchgoers.
Fox News: The official said Thursday the new rule would let children and spouses of citizens ask the government to decide on the waiver request before the illegal immigrant heads to his or her home country to apply for a visa
Human Events: “Business as we know it in the Senate is over for this administration in terms of accomplishing anything legislatively or finding any cooperation from this side of the aisle,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R. –Wyo.). “He has poisoned the well.”
Julian Mann at Christian Today: It would be better for Nigeria, and indeed the West, if Christianity wins against Islamic extremism.
Daily Mail Online: A report sponsored by the former Euthanasia Society was never going to come to any other conclusion: it recommends that assisted dying should be legalised.
The Republic: Don’t expect the volatile issues of abortion and gay rights to dominate the Legislature this year as they did last session, legislative leaders said.
LifeSiteNews.com: The groups, representing tens of thousands of pro-life voters across the country, are urging Parliament to consider a proposal by MP Stephen Woodworth (Kitchener-Centre) to revisit section 223 of Canada’s Criminal Code, a 400-year-old provision inherited from British common law that stipulates a child only becomes a “human being” once he or she has fully proceeded from the womb.
ADF Attorney David Hacker on the Hugh Hewitt Show to discuss this: UL-Lafayette censors internationally acclaimed professor for politically incorrect views. | MP3 audio 5:25 mins
National Catholic Reporter: Like the number of marriages among Americans in general, the number of marriages performed in the Catholic church has been in decline over the past few decades. | Hat tip: IMAPP
LifeSiteNews.com: ILGA is an advocacy group promoting homosexual rights. They were notoriously denied UN accreditation for years because of their connection to groups that promote pedophilia.
Times Union – Class is over for Planned Parenthood: In October, a small group of parents raised objections after they learned some students were allegedly told that abstinence allowed for oral sex and that some high school classes had condom demonstrations.
LifeNews.com: This week AUL filed an amicus brief in the Illinois Supreme Court supporting a state law requiring parental notice before minors can obtain abortions.
LifeNews.com: The New York City-based Chiaroscuro Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that supports alternatives to abortion, released the figures to LifeNews after the 2010 data was just released to the public by the New York City Department of Health.
LifeNews.com: It adds: “By comparing PP’s abortion income with its clinic income, we get a much more accurate picture of Planned Parenthood’s business model. In 2010, Planned Parenthood’s abortion income was 51.5 percent of its clinic income.”
LifeNews.com: As society continues its downward spiral, one would hope and expect Catholic universities to stand as a beacon in the darkness. Sadly, the actions of many Catholic educational institutions betray this hope.
Robin Bravender at POLITICO.com: The conservative group American Tradition Partnership announced plans Thursday to appeal a Montana Supreme Court ruling that upheld a state law banning corporations from spending to directly support or oppose candidates.
NJ.com: The move, which has effectively derailed the nomination of U.S. Magistrate Patty Shwartz to the Third Circuit, marks the first time a judicial appointee of President Obama has been held up by a senator from his own party.
The Washington Post: The White House will propose a 0.5 percent pay increase for civilian federal employees as part of its 2013 budget proposal, according to two senior administration officials familiar with the plans.
WPXI.com: Ellwood City is planning to move its Nativity display off public property next year to avoid a lawsuit from an anti-religion advocacy group, but the mayor and hundreds of residents are lobbying to reverse the decision.
WLBT 3 – Jackson, MS (includes video): Two lighted crosses on a city-owned water tower in Bentonia have been turned off and one disgruntled resident has raised the ire of the entire town.
InsideNova: The Republican Party of Virginia recently announced that it would require a loyalty oath from Virginia voters who wish to vote in the March 6 primary.
Robert Wright at the The Atlantic: This is sheer conjecture; Ron Paul is no expert on Iran. But now someone who does have relevant credentials has weighed in, and the picture he paints is disturbingly reminiscent of the one Paul painted. It suggests we may be closer to war than most people realize.
free faith: For many Christians the answer is “no”. Homosexual relationships are not the same as heterosexual ones; traditional families are not the same as chaotic ones; mothers who sacrifice all for their children are not the same as mothers who don’t. This value judgement does not validate hostility towards those involved in such relationships — but it does draw a line between what Christians find acceptable and what they do not.
Fox News (includes video): The Alliance Defense Fund is representing the county for free in this case. ADF Attorney Mike Johnson said the organization believes it has a good chance to get the appeal heard. “What we have here is a split between the various appellate circuits. It’s a direct split between the 4th circuit and the 11th circuit. When something like that happens, it makes it right for the Supreme Court to take a look at it,” Johnson said.
Pastoral Protest: Seven are arrested in New York for protesting a discriminatory ban against churches | World Mag
Tiffany Owens at World Magazine: Lorence said the ban reflects an irrational and anti-religion sentiment in New York, one that portrays religion as “dangerous and something that must be kept entirely out of the public square.” He added that the ban suggests that churches and religious groups are “piranhas and parasites,” even though they often house community-friendly ministries to the poor. “Our city is trying to do away with faith,” Lorence said. “We can tolerate everybody but religious viewpoints. That’s pretty scary.”
Todd Starnes of Fox News at Baptist Press: “It does present a very ugly picture of the state of religious liberties in New York City,” said Jordan Lorence, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund. “It’s the height of irony that the housing authority would violate the First Amendment at a place named after a Supreme Court justice.”
Obama’s Defense Drawdown – WSJ.com (access via Google): These entitlements are already crowding out spending on defense and thus reducing America’s global standing, following the tragic path that Europe has taken. The difference is that Europe had the U.S. military in reserve. Who will backstop America?
Richard Land at WSJ.com: Polling from CNN shows that 57% of Iowa’s caucus participants were self-identified evangelicals, as in 2008, and they voted 32% for Rick Santorum. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry each received 14% of evangelical votes, with Ron Paul (18%) and Michele Bachmann (6%) taking all but a smattering of the remainder.
KCCI Des Moines: Edward True, 28, of Moulton, said he helped count the votes and jotted the results down on a piece of paper to post to his Facebook page. He said when he checked to make sure the Republican Party of Iowa got the count right, he said he was shocked to find they hadn’t.